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Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurse Honored with Award for Outstanding Service

PHILADELPHIA (March 19, 2002) — Lorraine Braxton, RN, BSN, staff nurse at Fox Chase Cancer Center was recently awarded the Mercy-Douglass Lectureship award from the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the National Medical Society. Braxton received the award for her outstanding contribution to nursing and to the community.

The award, a bronzed plaque, was presented to her on Feb. 20, 2002, at the 21st annual Mercy-Douglass Lectureship award ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "The participants that we honor tonight exemplify perseverance and hard work. Achievement of academic goals and community service has been the mainstay of their careers. They are to be congratulated for their efforts," said Charles H. Waples, Jr. MD, Chairman of the Mercy-Douglass Lectureship Committee.

Prior to becoming a staff nurse at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Braxton worked for 31 years in the Mercy Health East System, Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia Division. Most recently, she retired as the Patient Care Manager of Oncology and Surgery.

"We are very proud and delighted to have Lorraine on board here at Fox Chase," says Anne Jadwin, RN Assistant Director of Nursing at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "This honor bestowed Lorraine certainly reflexes her commitment and expertise as an oncology nurse and a leader in the field." Braxton received an associate's degree in Nursing from Community College of Philadelphia and a bachelor of nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA.

"Being recognized for my work in nursing was a true honor," says Braxton. "Even after I retired at Mercy, I knew I still wanted to continue working as a nurse and felt that Fox Chase Cancer Center was a perfect place to utilize my skills providing care for oncology patients."

Braxton has active memberships in professional, civic and church organizations. She is a Soror of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. and holds positions on several committees. She is a member of the American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society and Hepatitis C. Coalition. Currently, Braxton is vice-president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania area Black Nurses Association, Inc. and a board member of the National Black Nurses Association. In addition, she is a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church and Anointed Voices of Praise Choir.

Braxton resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with her husband of 38 years, Eddie. They are the parents of two sons and grandparents of three grandchildren.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is the first in Pennsylvania and the first comprehensive cancer center in the country to receive the "Magnet" nursing services recognition award. Magnet institutions are recognized nationally for their commitment to quality nursing care.

The Magnet Nursing Recognition Program was established in 1993. Institutions applying for Magnet status must pass a rigorous review, designed to demonstrate superior nursing and excellence in patient care. Magnet status is valid for four years, after which the recipient must reapply.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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